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The Cape Town Carnival

I can't remember how I ended up at the Cape Town Carnival last year, all I remember was having dinner with some good friends and the next minute we were in the midst of all the fun, the vibe and the awesome parade. It brought back memories of the Fifa world Cup 2010, I knew I had to go again this year.

Elle and I roped some friends together, we jumped on the bus and got to the Civic Centre, it was no joke, somehow every single Capetonian had the same idea and we were packed in that bus like sardines. That drive felt like years, but we finally made it to Civic, we jumped out and walked to the fanwalk. Just a note to anyone who has never done it, don't. It's way harder to find that fanwalk than I thought and Elle and I were like the groups in the Amazing race, running around like headless chickens, shouting at each other. I did apologize when we finally found our way to Seapoint, there were Harleys, people on stilts, rows and rows of people, food trucks. People were in such a party vibe. It was freaking fantastic.

We walked towards the stadium, and made our way towards the middle of the parade. I need beer, now. We missioned to the beer garden and bought a round of tequilas in honour of my bros birthday. A round of beers later and we were all happy and getting into the vibe. It felt like only minutes and then the parade started. The floats are amazing. How they build these things, I have no idea but wow! There were giant floats with full bands, Huge flowers, a giant colourful crocodile, a steampunk looking car shooting water at people, dancers, harley riders and scooters trying to look like Harley riders.

The streets were full, the bars were buzzing, everyone was happy. It was magical.

Dillon Kin

Dillon Kin is the founder of I Live Under a Rock. He writes about travel, life in Cape Town. Dillon is a foodie, coffee snob and photographer.

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